Google pauses enforcement of Play Store billing requirement in India following antitrust order • TechCrunch


Google has indefinitely stopped implementing its policy that requires developers to use the Play Store billing system for user transactions in India based on an order issued by the country’s antitrust authority.

Android Maker Tuesday updated A support page disclosed the move and said the requirement to use Google Play billing system still applies to in-app purchases outside India.

Last week, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) Command Google does not restrict app developers from using third-party payment processing services for in-app purchases and app purchases through the Play Store. The antitrust watchdog also fined the company $113 million for abusing the dominant position in the country’s Play Store.

“Following the CCI’s latest ruling, we are temporarily halting enforcement of the requirement for developers to use the Google Play billing system for the purchase of digital goods and services for transactions by users in India,” the company said, adding that it was reviewing its legal options in the country, indicating that it may challenge the Competition regulator decision.

Google had previously extended the deadline to follow up on Play Store billing requirements in the South Asian market until October 31.

The regulator announced its decision after interviewing a number of industry players and smartphone makers, including Samsung, Xiaomi and Microsoft. I’ve also slapped Another fine of $162 million on Google due to anti-competitive practices relating to Android.

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